European Regions of Gastronomy 2019 Announced


The European Region of Gastronomy 2019 title was recommended to be given to two bidding regions, South Aegean (Greece) and Sibiu (Romania), on Thursday 29 September 2016 at the Brukenthal Museum in Sibiu. The announcement took place prior to the 9th European Region of Gastronomy Platform Meeting.

The international jury comprising of IGCAT experts was chaired by Blanca Cros from the Catalan Tourist Agency (Spain), and included Peter Astrup, Central Denmark Region (Denmark); Anna Blaua, Delightfully Delicious Destination Project at Riga Tourism Development Bureau (Latvia); Alfred van Mameren, Province of Noord-Brabant (Netherlands) and; Ilona Sares, ProAgria Kuopio (Finland).

The jury was impressed with the work undertaken by both candidates regions in preparing and presenting their bids remarked that they had both:

  • managed to integrate the different focus areas of the European Region of Gastronomy very well into their programme;
  • obvious gastronomic strengths on which to implement their programmes;
  • shown a strong commitment from the regional partners to the programme;
  • a good stakeholder base with representatives from public, private, third sector and universities.

The jury formulated its recommendations to each of the two regions, advising them to:

  • think about more activities to promote collaboration between SMEs at European level, particularly taking advantage of the linkages that could be established;
  • consider how will they ensure pride is taken in the programme by local people;
  • plan how they will work with all the European Region of Gastronomy Platform regions on collaborative marketing;
  • present good qualitative as well as quantitative indicators;
  • clarify how they will use the budget for their programmes.

In addition, it was recommended that Sibiu:

  • give more attention to innovation and agriculture involving large scale companies;
  • link programs, events and others actions regarding the focus areas and objectives to give more clarity;

and, it was recommended that the South Aegean:

  • implement the digital agenda as a priority ensuring they bring in the right tools and expertise;
  • assign someone  from the executive committee authorised to full time assist the coordination of this programme.

IGCAT’s board will approve the jury decision in November 2016 and an official award ceremony will take place in early 2017.

About IGCAT

IGCAT (International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism) organises the Award with the support of European institutions. IGCAT  (International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism is an international network of experts in the fields of culture, arts, tourism and gastronomy that aim to empower local communities by guiding, facilitating and supporting leaders in cities, regions and cultural projects to understand the potential of their distinct food, culture, arts and sustainable tourism assets.

About the European Region of Gastronomy

The European Region of Gastronomy Platform and Award aim to contribute to better quality of life in European regions, by highlighting distinctive food cultures, educating for better health and sustainability and stimulating gastronomic innovation. Candidate regions are invited to join a knowledge-exchange platform of European regions in order to further cross-border collaborations and develop shared initiatives.

  • AMBASSADORS

    Wassim Hallal

    Aarhus/Central Denmark Region 2017 will celebrate our widespread and innovative use of local ingredients.

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    Robert Palmer

    European Region of Gastronomy is a pioneering project of cultural and economic significance to all regions who participate.

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    Montserrat Garrido Romera

    Sant Pol de Mar is proud to share knowledge in raising the quality of culture and gastronomy offers.

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    Carme Ruscalleda

    Catalonia is committed to raising the quality of local cuisine and food products.

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    Francisco de Calheiros

    Minho IN aims to create synergies with other areas that share the same views on competitiveness and economic development.

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    Maurizio Zanella

    East Lombardy promotes food and wine tourism, with a particular attention to local cuisine and sustainable food production.

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    Dzintars Kristovskis

    Technology and cooking is so advanced that I feel the urge to go back to the roots. Riga-Gauja 2017 European Region of Gastronomy is going to be about that.

  • AMBASSADORS

    Anton Rombouts

    North Brabant 2018 will highlight how agrifood industries are protecting food and culture diversity.

  • GALLERY

    1st Partner Meeting in North Brabant, April 2014

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    2nd Partner Meeting in Sant Pol de Mar, Catalonia, June 2014

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    Information Day at Brussels during the Open Day October 2014

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    3rd Partner Meeting in Brussels, October 2014

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    Regions bidding for the title in 2016 present to an international jury at Palacete Villa Moraes, Ponte de Lima, Viana do Castelo, 5 February 2015

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    4th Partner Meeting in Minho, February 2015

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    5th Partner Meeting Catalonia, June 2015

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    Winning 2016 Regions Award Ceremony at the Pedrera, Barcelona, 2 July 2015

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    Regions bidding for the title in 2017 present to an international jury at the Fundació Alicia, Catalonia, 3 July 2015

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    Catalonia and Minho present their programmes for 2016 to SEDEC of the Committee of the Regions, 22 September 2015

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    Winning 2017 Regions Award Ceremony at ExpoMilan, supported by DG Growth of the European Commission, 29 September 2015

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    6th Partner Meeting Bergamo, 1 October 2015

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    Regions present their candidature for 2018

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    7th Partner Meeting in Noord-Brabant

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    Winning 2018 Regions Award Ceremony in Aarhus

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